July 27, 2007

Out, Damn Spot!

How Clean Is Your House is my newest obsession. After only two episodes, I am completely hooked. And I've been completely obsessed with cleaning since I first viewed the show on BBC America two days ago.

The show is hosted by Kim and Aggie. With cameras they go into the absolutely filthiest homes you have ever seen. Aggie goes around the house, teaching the inhabitants various cleaning methods. Kim finds the dirtiest spots she can find and collects biological samples which she takes to a lab. After Aggie finishes cleaning the house, Kim shows the inhabitants what grew in the Petry dishes. It's not pretty.

On the program I watched yesterday, they revealed a petry dish full of shigella and a bacteria that kills goats (they were goat farmers). There was a third that I can't recall but I can guarantee that it was exceedingly gross and scary.

So after I watched that episode I went to work on our bathroom with a pair of rubber gloves and a bottle of X-14 which kills mold and mildew with its highly concentrated bleach formula. I cleaned the bathroom for over an hour. It's probably the cleanest it's ever been and I know how to clean. Then I went over the floors with a Swiffer, for the third day in a row. I changed our sheets which I hadn't change in about 10 days or so.

Just now, I went over the kitchen counters with some Clorox Disinfecting Kitchen Cleanser and I'm about to tackle the spice rack - just 'cause it's disorganized, not because of germs. Or I might go to the laundry and throw the bathroom mats into a machine.

I'm on a cleaning jag.


Judy Jones said...

shigella, huh? Maybe that's what I need to get rid of those pesky goats in my kitchen.... wait a minute.

I'm about to go on a cleaning rampage tonight, after a pit stop to pick up some supplies :)

Danielle said...

OH! I am so obsessed with this show, too! Love it!